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Flipping Your Own Home without Putting Your Own Money Down

Theresa over here just inherited this house. She was about to list it for sale, but that was before she knew she could make about $70,000 more by flipping it herself. Guess what? She’s not using any of her own money. You want to know how? Come with me and I will show you what we are doing to flip her home. Stay tuned for the next episode to find out exactly how she Flipped her Home, without any of her money!!

I’m Sonya with Faith and Vision Realty. I’ll flip your own house and I’m here to help you.

We’re in the home now, and this living room, what we’re going to do, we’re going to get rid of all the carpet. We’re going to get rid of the popcorn in every bedroom actually, every area that has popcorn ceiling. We’re going to finish it, give it a nice finish. We’re going to put some beautiful laminate flooring here. It’s going to look beautiful.

Now let’s come in here real quick. This room is … It’s a bedroom. It has a closet. What we’re going to do, we’re going to run the laminate flooring all the way through the new closet doors and we’re going to put it as an office because it just runs with the living room. It’s going to look awesome.

Here in this area is … It looks like a living room, little dining room. We’re kind of changing it a little bit, getting rid of the carpet, running, again, the laminate flooring. Beautiful laminate flooring. But we’re going to make it a smaller kind of sitting area with a bigger dining room area.

You can see the kitchen. We’re going to remove the soffit up there, bring it up more, and brand new cabinets, brand new everything. Brand new door to go outside. Not this industrial door there. But it’s going to look beautiful.

Now we’re going to go into the master bedroom. What we’re going to do here, we’re going to remove these two doors. We’re going to make one entrance just to create more room in the bedroom. We’re going to have to get rid of this beautiful flooring. Sorry. We’re going to have to put new laminate flooring, but they’ll be happy with it.

Back here is the master bathroom. We’re going to get rid of everything. We’re going to install new vanities, new mirrors. We’re going to kind of rearrange it a little bit. It’s just a little crowded in here. But it’s going to look beautiful.

I hope you’re as excited as I am to see the end result. Can’t wait for it. Sonya Flores, Faith and Vision Realty, with our first episode of Flip Your Own House.

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Increasing Coordination and Confidence

Gracie South Bay Jiu Jitsu Academy in National City was founded by world champion Leticia Ribeiro and UFC Veteran Fabricio Camoes. Gracie South Bay provides training to those of all ages and different interest levels. Their students range from children four years old to senior adults. I recently stopped by the academy with my two grandchildren. I spoke with Leticia to hear her story.

Gracie South Bay Jiu Jitsu Academy
Gracie South Bay Jiu Jitsu Academy


Leticia’s passion for jiu jitsu began in Brazil when she was 14 years old. In Brazil, Leticia was an athlete and later shared her skills with others when she started teaching. In 2007, Leticia came to the United States to compete on a global level as well as teach others.


Leticia believes Gracie South Bay Jiu Jitsu offers a unique experience to its students. The difference between Gracie South Bay and other academies is the family environment. The academy has parents and children training together. Gracie South Bay trains everyone from world champions to beginners. 


Gracie South Bay Jiu Jitsu enforces the importance of competition and encourages its students to compete. What I like most about their philosophy is that the academy enforces the importance of doing your personal best, not on winning or losing. Students build confidence on and off the mat and learn discipline. 

Located at 340 W 26th Street in National City, Gracie South Bay Jiu Jitsu is right off the I-5 Freeway and Mile of Cars exit. The academy offers the community a terrific location for personal training services with state-of-the-art equipment in a fun and encouraging environment. 

If you’re looking for a great way to increase your physical fitness, learn self defense, or increase your child’s coordination, confidence, and self-defense skills in a non-violent manner, head to Gracie South Bay Jiu Jitsu. When you speak with Leticia, make sure you tell her I sent you!

Gracie South Bay Jiu Jitsu Academy
340 W 26th St, National City, CA 91950
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You’ll Feel Like Family with Martha Mendoza at MG Business and Tax Service

Let’s face it. When it comes to doing your individual taxes, or payroll, bookkeeping and tax preparation for your business, you need to rely on a professional. I have a great personal and professional resource I rely on that I’m excited to share with you. Martha Mendoza is proprietor of MG Business and Tax Service located at 124 E. 30th Street Suite D in National City. She and her business will offer you personal and professional services to ensure you’re up to date on the latest laws backed by accuracy and great customer service. When you meet Martha, you’ll feel like you’re with family. I recently sat down with Martha to learn a little more about her and her business.

MG Business and Tax Service

The Beginning

As a single parent, Martha Mendoza started her business in 2002. It began as a home business. Her first customers were referrals. As a family-focused professional, the beginning stages of her business gave her the flexibility to work full-time and still be available to her children at all times. 

The Business

MG Business and Tax Service does tax preparation for small businesses and individuals. Customer service is an important function no matter what business service you provide. During my meeting with Martha, I asked, “What sets you apart and keeps customers coming back?” Martha enthusiastically explained, “I really truly believe what keeps clients coming back is that personal relationship I have. It’s not about numbers. It’s about helping them build their business. To me, they’re family.” I loved hearing this because I also believe my clients are like family. 

Get Started

For tax preparation in and around National City, head to Martha Mendoza at MG Business & Tax Service located at 124 E 30th Street, Suite D in National City and tell her I sent you. She’ll offer you a personal and professional experience. Best of all, you’ll feel like family.

MG Business and Tax Service
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4 Easy Ways To Improve Home Value Before You Sell

Knowing how to get the most money for your property is tricky. If you are willing to make some improvements, I have 4 simple, cheap ways to increase the value of your San Diego home.

Buyers largely focus on aesthetics. Putting a little money in can lead to a lot of money back.

If you want to take on bigger projects and get a much better return, check out our HomeMax service. We can also lend you the money to maximize your home’s value before selling it!

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Selling Your House For Top Dollar In The San Diego Real Estate Market

When you sell your home you probably want to get the most out of it, right?  Most people in the San Diego Real Estate market want to sell their home for top dollar, but unfortunately don’t know how.

On this blog post, I’m going to show you how to sell your house for 15-20% more than it’s currently worth by flipping it!  


I am happy to announce our new program we just launched in the San Diego Real Estate market recently called, Flip Your House.

This program helps San Diego homeowners fix up their homes before they list them for sale so they can sell them for more money.

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Escape Room in National City, April 30th

Countdown to Race Day

Escape Room
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7:00PM PDT

6 spots left. Registration ends April 30, 2019 at 5:30pm PDT
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Steal and Escape, 2602 Transportation Ave. B, National City, 91950
San Diego, CA US 92136
Work as a team to solve puzzles, find clues, crack riddles and uncover keys to escape the room in under 60 minutes!

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Meet at Steal and Escape, 2602 Transportation Ave. B, National City, 91950

* All sales are final. There will be no refunds issued for this activity.

* Must be 16yrs+ or accompanied with an adult


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Why Home Buyers Should Hire a Professional

Why Home Buyers Should Hire a Professional

Getting a purchase closed in today’s market is complex. The real estate market has changed greatly from only a few years ago. Buyers face many more hurdles including stricter financing, low housing supplies, higher mortgage rates, and rising prices.

To negotiate today’s challenges, you need a real estate sales professional to help you close the deal. A good real estate professional understands current market conditions. He or she has house-by-house neighborhood experience and can help you obtain the right home at the best price and terms.

Your agent can help you find a home quickly. Not only do real estate agents have access to the local multiple listing service, they also share knowledge of homes coming onto the market with their colleagues. Your real estate professional will tell others about your requirements for a home so they can also be on the lookout for you.

In fact, networking is one of the biggest industry advantages. Many homes are bought and sold without a sign ever going into the yard. But, for buyers to be shown the latest homes on the market, or to hear about homes about to come onto the market, there has to be a strong relationship between the buyer and the real estate professional.

If you want to be the buyer positioned to make first and best offers on the most desirable homes, make certain your agent knows you are committed. How do you show you’re serious? There are several ways.

Get prequalified with a lender. Share your financial records so you know exactly how much home you can buy. Your agent won’t go over your limit because it would be a waste of time to show you homes you can’t afford to buy.

Work with only one agent. You can do this by signing a buyer’s representation agreement, if it’s customary in your area. If not, show your loyalty by telling other agents you may meet at open houses or socially that you are represented and give them your agent’s name.

Don’t shop for homes without your agent. If you want to look at open houses or builder homes, invite your agent to go along. If your agent can’t go, make sure you register your agent’s name with builder sales reps and open house sellers’ agents.

Be loyal. Real estate professionals work primarily on commission. If the deal of the century is about to come on the market, who do you think your agent will tell first – the buyer with five other agents or the buyer who is loyal? If you’re playing agents against each other thinking you’ll get people to work for free and that you’ll have your pick of homes to choose, you’re wrong. Agents talk, and they’ll find out they’re working for the same buyer. If you want great service, show appreciation, confidence, and commitment.

Once you find the house you want, the work really begins. You’ll have to navigate negotiations, loan approval, seller’s disclosures, inspections with environmental and structural reports, and so on. From helping you make a reasonable offer, to providing for the discovery and disclosure of material facts, your agent can help protect your interests.

Buyers and sellers are natural adversaries. Agents must be skilled negotiators and problem solvers, as well as anticipate problems before they happen. Pride, ignorance, or stubbornness can get in the way of a fair deal for both sides.

Your agent will share your risk, and will make sure you go into any home purchase with your eyes wide open. Take advantage of the greatest homebuying resource available — your own real estate agent.